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Jan 14, 2011

Ba fails Stoke medical, Hammers ready

Stoke City's £7.1 million move for Demba Ba has broken down after he failed a medical, though West Ham are ready to step in and make a renewed offer for the Hoffenheim striker.

Ba, 25, had been in Stoke as the Potters looked to tie up a deal, but after being put through his paces at the club's Clayton Wood training ground, he was told the bad news.

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said: "Having agreed all the financial terms of the deal with Hoffenheim and the player, he failed his medical. We will therefore not be signing him on a permanent basis.''

Despite the obvious concerns about his fitness, West Ham are set to resurrect their bid for the Senegal international.

Ba had seemed certain to move to the Hammers earlier this month, when he threatened to go on strike at Hoffenheim amid interest from east London,

And the forward, who has played in London before having been involved with Watford as a youth player, refused to join team-mates on a winter break to La Manga in an attempt to push through a move.

Now West Ham are ready to make a new offer for Ba, though the nature of his failed medical means the Hammers will likely be looking for an initial loan deal in order for the striker to prove his fitness.

West Ham have been linked with a string of strikers, including Tottenham's Robbie Keane and Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd.

The Hammers wanted Keane on loan and were willing to pay his £65,000-a-week wages, but Spurs have so far vetoed any loan deal and are trying to sell him to Birmingham for £6 million.

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